The Unreliable Guide is fed up with advertising, the proselytising arm of the latest and most insidious religion of them all: consumerism. Don’t believe it’s a religion? Consider Xmas.com and EasterTM. These formally...

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Lately I’ve been ferrying a five year-old grandchild to preschool, joining the ‘Mummy Taxi’ fleet that clogs our roads and schools in the mornings and afternoons. Like many, I have railed against this practice, whi...

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Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution. Now keep your hand up if you’ve man- aged to stick with it and keep that resolution going. Okay, is your hand still in the air? If not, don’t feel bad; you’re ...

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There is no shame in admitting that we are all pretty lucky to live in the Eastern Suburbs and that this is particularly evident over the summer period when our geographic features become the centre of so much of our rec...

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The advice of my parents is something I am very grateful for and I will continue to seek it for as long as life gives me that oppor- tunity. I can’t recall any occasion when their advice didn’t put my best interests ...

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How low can Australia’s political climate go with the self-named ‘ScoMo’ as Prime Minister? It’s bad enough that a country which prides itself on larrikinism and egalitarianism is so caught up in materialism and ...

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TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF SPOTTING SHARKS Without a doubt, one way to deal with the sharp rise in shark attacks around Australia is to increase sur- veillance (Local Shark Sightings Fail to Overturn Drone Trial Snub, The...

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CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 20 It is not totally necessary to inform your partner every time you fart, so leave something to surprise – especially at the dinner table. AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 You will no longer be able to ...

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Departing Athens from the port of Pirius on a 7am ferry got us to the island of Milos at around midday. We were greeted by a cloudless sky and a warm, gentle breeze. There were only a few taxis around so we had to scramb...

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Every January, the nation collectively becomes obsessed with tennis. It’s a wonderful time when, for around two weeks each year, we all become self-anointed experts of the game and the world’s best descend on Melbour...

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